Mystery

By George Sterling

Men say that sundered by enormous nights
    Burn star and nearest star.
That where companioned seem the sister lights
    The great abysses are.

So held by Life's unsympathetic dark,
    We press to hidden goals.
From gulfs unshared the friending fires we mark,
    And we are lonely souls—

Your hearts, O friends! beyond their veiling bars,
    Are hidden deep away.
Your faces gleam familiar as the stars,
    And as unknown as they.

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